Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage

This qualification is designed for job roles in the harvesting and haulage sector of the forest and forest products industry.


Total number units = 13

7 core units plus

6 elective units, consisting of:

2 units from Group A

up to 4 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate II, III or IV level from this or any other endorsed Training Package or state/territory accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the harvesting and haulage sector of the industry.



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic FPICOR2201B

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FPICOR2202B

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FPICOR3201B

Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR3202B

Conduct quality and product care procedures

add topic FPICOR3203B

Evaluate fire potential and prevention


Provide first aid



Unit Code

Unit Title

Harvesting Operations

add topic AHCARB307A

Undertake complex tree climbing

add topic AHCEXP303A

Prepare and use explosives

add topic FPICOT3252A

Use environmental care procedures to undertake fire salvage operations


Transport forestry logs using trucks


Transport forestry produce using trucks

add topic FPICOT3253A

Convert timber residue into products for further use

add topic FPICOT3254A

Implement environmentally sustainable work practices in the work area/work site

add topic FPIHAR3201B

Monitor log recovery (rigging slinger)

add topic FPIHAR3216A

Conduct forestry operations using crawler tractor

add topic FPIHAR3217A

Conduct skidder operations

add topic FPIHAR3218A

Conduct loader operations

add topic FPIHAR3206C

Conduct forwarder operations

add topic FPIHAR3207C

Conduct feller buncher operations

add topic FPIHAR3208C

Conduct boom delimber operations

add topic FPIHAR3210C

Conduct mechanical processor operations

add topic FPIHAR3211B

Operate yarder

add topic FPIHAR3213B

Conduct mechanically assisted tree falling operations

add topic FPIHAR3214C

Operate a single grip harvester

add topic FPIHAR3215C

Operate a heavy production mobile chipper

add topic FPIHAR3219A

Conduct excavator operations with grabs


Harvest trees manually (intermediate)


Harvest trees manually (advanced)

Grading and Testing

add topic FPICOR3204B

Visually assess materials

add topic FPICOT3223B

Grade and mark logs

add topic FPICOT3250A

Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

Machinery and Equipment

add topic FPICOT3224B

Plan and monitor equipment maintenance


Drive and manoeuvre trailers



Unit Code

Unit Title

Fire Control

add topic AHCWRK302A

Monitor weather conditions

add topic PUAFIR303B

Suppress wildfire (unit has add topic PUAFIR204B Respond to wildfire as a prerequisite)

add topic PUAFIR309B

Operate pumps (unit has three prerequisites check training.gov.au)

add topic PUAOHS002B

Maintain safety at an incident scene

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously

Site Establishment and Maintenance

add topic AHCNAR303A

Implement revegetation works

add topic FPICOT3221B

Rehabilitate tracks, quarries and landings

add topic FPIFGM3203B

Conduct an instrument survey

Machinery and Equipment

add topic AHCMOM301A

Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair


Operate a four-wheel drive on unsealed roads


Recover four-wheel drive vehicles


Operate a four-wheel drive in a towing situation


Perform complex 4x4 operations

Specialist Machinery and Equipment

A maximum of two units may be selected from this field

add topic RIIMPO315A

Conduct tractor operations

add topic RIIMPO317A

Conduct roller operations

add topic RIIMPO319A

Conduct backhoe/loader operations

add topic RIIMPO323A

Conduct civil construction dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO324A

Conduct civil construction grader operations

add topic RIIVEH304B

Conduct tip truck operations

add topic TLID3033A

Operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane

Load Handling

add topic TLIC3063A

Operate vehicle carrying special loads

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

add topic TLID3011A

Conduct specialised forklift operations

add topic TLID3014A

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

add topic TLIE3002A

Estimate/calculate mass, area and quantify dimensions

add topic TLIH2001A

Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes

Specialised Log Truck Driver

One of the following may be selected:

add topic TLIC3004A

Drive heavy rigid vehicle


add topic TLILIC2016B

Licence to drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLIC3005A

Drive heavy combination vehicle


add topic TLILIC3017B

Licence to drive heavy combination vehicle

add topic TLIC4006A

Drive multi-combination vehicle


add topic TLILIC3018B

Licence to drive multi-combination vehicle

Safety and Quality Processes

add topic AHCWRK304A

Respond to rescue incidents

add topic FPICOT3202B

Navigate in remote or trackless areas


Apply silvicultural principles


Apply biodiversity protection principles


Follow cultural heritage requirements


Comply with soil and water protection


Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


Provide first aid in remote situations


Provide advanced first aid

add topic TLID3035A

Operate a boom type elevating work platform

add topic TLIF2010A

Apply fatigue management strategies

Administration and Business

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

Communication and Relationships

add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic FPICOT3222B

Present forestry information and interpretations programs

Planning and Analysis

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan


    This qualification has eleven employment pathways for typical operational environments of harvesting and haulage. These are:

    Bulldozer Operator

    Excavator Operator

    Feller Buncher Operator

    Forest Harvester

    Forwarder Operator

    Harvesting Technician

    In-field Chipper Operator

    Loader Operator

    Log truck driver

    Mobile Equipment Operator

    Skidder Operator

    Entry may be gained through progression from a lower level FPI qualification or recognition of existing industry experience or qualifications.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Licensing Information

Native FPI units may be subject to state or territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to state or territory codes, regulations, licences and/or permits. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements outlined in the unit’s parent Training Package.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on the packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Complete health, safety and environment, hazard, environmental and incident reports according to workplace procedures and state or territory legislation

Establish and maintain communication with others according to occupational health and safety requirements

Prepare reports to supervisors in a timely manner, presenting all relevant facts according to established organisational procedures

Record and report quality and product care procedures according to workplace procedures


Seek first aid assistance from others in a timely manner

Share relevant workplace information with co-workers to achieve designated individual and team goals and objectives

Support team members in meeting expected outcomes


Participate in workplace meetings using agreed processes to resolve issues

Assess and rectify problems to avoid repetition of lost product within limits of own role

Monitor environmental measures and impact on the environment and take corrective action as required according to workplace procedures

Plan product recovery to optimise resource value and minimise waste

Initiative and enterprise

Apply, implement and adhere to quality system procedures

Detect and assess hazards in the work area and report to appropriate personnel

Identify and clarify contradictions, ambiguity, uncertainty or misunderstandings with appropriate personnel

Monitor hazardous and flammable substances to assess the potential of spillage and combustion

Planning and organising

Gather, convey and receive information

Identify and assess organisational environmental goals

Plan evaluation processes according to site procedures

Identify, review and interpret work requirements


Complete daily work activities

Follow safe workplace procedures for dealing with environmental incidents, accidents and emergencies within scope of responsibilities

Integrate care for the environment into all day-to-day activities

Maintain work relationships


Establish opportunities for professional development in consultation with appropriate personnel according to organisational procedures

Implement training and operational controls according to workplace procedures, which may include:

in-house or external training programs

one-on-one supervision

programs that maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes at the local, state and federal level

Practise and record emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development according to organisational requirements


Monitor equipment conditions for overheating and electrical sparking and respond according to workplace procedures

Check equipment to ensure it is serviceable for emergencies